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Here’s Al Di Meola with a smoking live version of “Egyptian Danza” recorded in Germany in 1978. Palm mute!

 

Many a guitar fan first experienced  the artistry of Eric Johnson through his performance on Austin City Limits. His signature techniques and tones are on display in this 1984 take on “Trademark.” A classic performance.

 

Check out this wild improvisation between guitarist John Russell and pipa player Luo Chao Yun. Where the hell is Russell coming from? As he told Something Else! “I listen to everything and nothing, really … and I have quite an indiscriminate approach. I think music, both playing and listening, is good for the heart and mind and is central to everything I do.”

 

Before there was Loudness, there was Lazy. Check out Akira Takasaki and company in this Japanese clip from 1981.

 

Check out the inimitable Harvey Mandel playing live. And if you’ve never delved into the onetime Canned Heat guitarist’s work, there is a treasury awaiting you.

 

Here’s the great George Benson playing José Feliciano’s “Affirmation.” Benson recorded a version of this song for his hugely successful album Breezin’, but this live version reveals the guitarist in full force.

 

Watch as Warren Cuccurullo takes on “Transylvania Boogie,” a number by his former employer Frank Zappa and exhibits some very legitimate tone and phrasing.

 

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